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Hedrick For Commissioner
Posted April 23, 2008 at 12:48:53 PM by Bean
I got a dose of County level government and politics in 2007 due to some ongoing issues with our subdivision developers. Basically, the County Engineer (Hyun Lee) failed to renew the bond that held AJ&E/Tri-Sprig (our builders/developers) accountable for all of the little things you are supposed to do when you develop a subdivision. When they went belly up, we were left with unfinished roads, drainage problems, and overgrown, trash-filled empty lots. With no developer money left, the county ends up having to foot the bill and finish the work. It has happened before us, and has happened since. Last I heard, there were a dozen or so other developments with similar issues. Commissioners Ed Meyer and Ralph Guthrie consistently voted down or simply failed to second any of Commissioner Mike Moore's motions to not only fulfill their obligations, but to also correct the underlying problem. Hyun Lee, who emphatically reminds us at meetings that he works the commissioners, is still employed as the County Engineer.

So that's the intro. Now to the point: Ed Meyer is running for re-election this year. In Clark County, you pretty much have to be a Democrat to get elected, so the Democratic primary is big. I'm voting for Eric Hedrick, and here's why:
What is the most important issue facing this position and what is your plan to resolve it?
"...I believe the most important issue that the County is currently facing is the lack of holding developers accountable for their actions. Bonds on developments are being allowed to expire at the County tax payer’s expense. As your County Commissioner, I will work to tighten the reigns on these developers to ensure that bonds are not allowed to expire before developer’s obligations are met. I will also sponsor an ordinance that ends the issuance of building permits to those developers who have not complied with the County’s standards in previous developments. No more “deadbeat builders” in Clark County..."
Here's Ed Meyer's response to the same question:
"The role of a county commissioner has taken on more responsibility as the county grows and people turn to elected government officials to help maneuver government. Major focus for a commissioner includes: oversight of county roads and bridges, local property taxes, county contracts, county zoning, addressing the state and federal mandates the county must work through with little or no funding, and county drainage concerns that must be addressed..." [blah blah blah some more generalities, blah blah something about a visionary county planner]
In my limited dealings with Ed Meyer, I have found him to be the definition of a sleazy politician. He routinely mumbles snide comments under his breath at Commissioner meetings... just low enough that they wouldn't get picked up by the tape recorder. Ralph Guthrie and Ed Meyer had meetings concerning county matters and purposefully excluded the third commissioner (Mike Moore) from them. I could go on. Ralph is not seeking re-election [For the record, I'm voting for Dave Abbott for that spot.]

Simply put, Eric understands that home values are most peoples biggest investment and that regulating and maintaining property values insures consistent property tax revenue for the county. Seems like a no-brainer!

Also, in county government news: Clark County now has their meeting minutes online. Bonus point to whoever can find my name in them!
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4 comments
Supermike (April 24, 2008 at 07:10:09 AM):
I hear you loud and clear, bean. Ed Meyer is a politician's politician. I've been in other meetings with him present, and he is one of the most unprofessional people I've seen. Hedrick is probably the best candidate for the job. And someone needs to fire Hyun Lee. He's done enough damange to this county!
fooie (April 28, 2008 at 10:15:25 AM):
i commend your involvement in your community. democracy works.
your opinion my opinion (May 02, 2008 at 11:11:01 AM):
BS.... Hedrick just gives the people what they want to hear... he is a Kiss A$$.
Bean (May 02, 2008 at 12:43:57 PM):
above posted from 209.180.155.14 - Clarksville Mall. Local traffic on beanblog! Spicey!
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